Anderson Christian School has been blessed to provide Christian education to the Upstate for over 25 years. God planted the seed for ACS in the hearts of four couples, who after a dinner discussion in 1986, began planning to open a new Christian school in the area. Every step of ACS' story has been laced with God's provision, from the moment in 1987 when the families began to seek out God's will as they decided to proceed with opening the school. They made this decision by taking a week apart from one another as they prayed, pored over Scripture, and fasted in hopes that God would provide a sense of direction about their decision. When they reconvened, each individual came to the table with the same verse: Jeremiah 29:11, which reads, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future" (NIV). Considering this message God had laid on each of their hearts as confirmation, they made plans to open the doors of Anderson Christian School in the fall of 1987, moving forward with peace and confidence in their decision.
ACS did indeed open its doors that fall, with the initial plan of providing education to grades K5-5th and building on additional grade levels at a later time. That same school year, however, a local Christian school closed, and many of its students joined the ACS community. Because of this increase, ACS was able to add 6th and 7th grade classes, enrolling a total of 52 students in its premier year. From 1987 to the spring of 1995, ACS was housed at Bethany Chapel, now Concord Community Church. God blessed us immensely during those years as we experienced a growth in our student body that necessitated a move to a larger facility.
In the fall of 1995, ACS began a partnership with Northside Baptist Church, as they graciously opened their doors to the school. Northside had always hoped that their facility could be used to its full capacity for ministry, and God fulfilled both their dream and ACS's need. The school remained at this location for 13 years, as the building transitioned from housing Northside to Covenant Baptist Church. It was here that ACS launched its high school program, trusting God to provide financially, which He did time and time again, often through donations that exactly matched the need.
Since the fall semester of 2009, Anderson Christian School has resided in its current location, formerly Cornerstone Assembly. The location, now Hope Fellowship’s church home, has been incredibly beneficial to ACS, providing ample classroom space, a home gymnasium, and ownership as Anderson Christian holds a 60% equity position on the property. This co-ownership has allowed for a close relationship between ACS and Hope Fellowship, enabling each to glorify God and share the Gospel in Anderson.
Ephesians 3:20-21 says, "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus, throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen!" (NIV). Over the past 25 years, the Lord has far exceeded our greatest dreams and expectations, and we look forward to the future He has in store for ACS, giving Him all the glory.